Hip Hop Dance Class at Capital G

Rycher of Philippine All Stars

Yesterday (9/12) I attended a hip hop class at Capital G Studio & Clothing Shop, located at Robinson’s Galleria. It was their 1st year anniversary and they celebrated it with one week of free classes with finest dancers in the Philippines that are willing to teach for free.

Passionate students

My brother (Igie), who is a good dancer with a swag of hip hop blood, invited me and my friend to attend the class. I once danced in front of a large crowd way back in College because I have to, as part of Student Council and graduating student. It was quiet an experience and honestly, I am not a good dancer like my brother and my sister who really belonged to dance troupe. They even do break dance and me, I only enjoy Jazzexercise, Zumba, Aero and Yoga haha! So, I decided to go with my brother to see if I can add Hip Hop Dance to my fitness routine.

Rycher

Our dance instructors is one of the Philippine All Stars! He is a great motivator with passion in dancing like the students in the class. It was filled with dancers with oozing love for dance! I end up watching 70% of the class because it’s like watching step up live, right in front of your eyes. Rycher has an expressive hand moves as his body flows with energy, he just lights up the entire class and it was amazing.

I also met Cielo of Philippine All Stars. We had a small chat about hip hop dance and I told her that I never did it before and the experience was fun. She encourage me to dance more. What’s great about this studio, they find what the students want and works for them plus they even offer a class for as low as Php 100.00 so everyone can join with quality dance lesson and finest instructor. Worth every penny and time spent… this studio has a heart! If there’s an Academy, Capital G is a good school for everyone.

Overall, adding dancing to my fitness routine is good but hip hop? will try to study more about that genre! for now, Zumba will be on my plate and watch out for that! I love sharing to all of you my challenge for my self. To lose 40 pounds before 2013, okay.. sounds delusional.. make it 20 pounds 🙂 I know I can do it. I have a goal and wonderful reason why I am doing this, and I am going to get it no matter what happen!

Happy Anniversary to Capital G  and I hope you’ll have more studios in the future to help aspiring dancers and youth out there to be at their best through dancing. This is the first studio that I know who has a pure passion in dancing and have a heart to reach out with the students. Cheers and more power to you!

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AGY with Teacher Rianna

Inversion in prayer pose with AGY Teacher Rianna

As a homemaker, teacher and makeup artist, just anyone like you… I need to find a “me time” to have balance in life. Perhaps, some of my readers have kids too and even I am not yet a mother, with all things you need to attend to, finding a time for yourself is a bit challenging in your plate. I guess, whatever we do in life… let’s try to give time for ourselves and take care of our body.

In my blog, I always highlight the importance of having “me time” It’s not being selfish, because I truly believe that you can’t give or love others completely if you don’t love yourself first. Fortunately, I am happy that my husband gives me my personal space to do things like exercise, shopping, time with friends and things that highly interest me, likewise, I also give him and spend most of his me time with sports, shopping and his car (yeah boys).

He is happy for my progress right now in improving my health and my willingness to lose weight because my body is suffering so much from various illness. If he can only track down every restaurant and food I take, he will surely try to stop me from eating too much sugar! 🙂 Support system is really important! Surround your self as much as possible with positive people with almost same lifestyle, it really helps.

In my previous class in AGY at Beyond Yoga I met a new Teacher named Rianna together with her sisters that are so yogini.

(The yoga sisters) L-R Teacher Rianna, Raissa, MOI and Rainna

In above first photo, like Teacher Monica, Rianna will help you to reach your potential in bending your body or stretching parts of your body through AGY. I swear, there’s calmness in their voice that makes me push harder. Soft and commanding!

Again, I had a hard time just simply switching my other legs to the other side!

Maybe it’s due to my body size and flexibility. I can’t even reach my feet with my hands, that’s how hard it is but I am trying from time to time.

This position looks like easy as a breeze and so relaxing! I sweat like a pig just doing this!

This pose and some positions that comes with it is so hard for my body but really feels good afterwards. As long as I follow the instructions and do it with all my heart and soul, I am all good.

As you can see in the picture above, it’s not only me who has bigger body. The one that wears blue shirt is a first timer and I can see my self in her during my first time in the class. I laugh and not comfortable, plus having trust issues with the hammock but glad she fights for it. She’s eager to learn and that motivates me much more to do more pose for fundamental AGY. In my other side is Raissa and she’s so awesome and I admire her so much that I even had the urge to asked her, how long has she been practicing yoga and had that flexible body. Well, the answer it runs in the blood and years of practice. She said that I can do it too 🙂

You’ll feel at home in Beyond Yoga. They will make you feel comfortable in your own skin, all your imperfections will be gone in this magical place. My body has found a perfect yoga practice, The Anti-Gravity Yoga.

Also, I lost 7 lbs of water weight after following strict diet and exercise routine for 2 weeks up to present! yey to me, hope it I’ll be consistent to this. So, help me God.

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Thank you so much to my dear teachers and classmates who applauded when I did the inversion for the nth time in prayer pose! Again, readers… you must trust yourself, the teacher and the hammock for successful AGY Class! Happy week ahead and stay tune for my latest AGY adventure this Friday: Flying Fitness

“The most successful people are those who are authentically themselves, who add value,
who inspires and who take risks daily.”

Namaste

For inquiries:

Phone +63917-5BEYOND (239663)
Email inquire@igobeyondyoga.com
Website http://www.igobeyondyoga.com

Anti-Gravity Yoga (AGY)

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”- Napoleon Hill.

When I hit 160 pounds this year, I nod and told my self “Where is that 118 lbs healthy girl way back in 2008?” I lost her and the healthy ways. My health and lifestyle was in perfect shape back in the good ‘ol days. I tried so hard but I think not harder to bring the sexy back. It is the lack of conviction and focus that I don’t have. With baby steps, last year, I avoided any soda and I am glad, coming this November 2012… it will be my first year without even a sip of soda and I am very proud of my self for totally erasing it to my life.

Then, I practice running once or twice a week and right now I am hitting the gym as my usual start. I pray to God and keep thinking that I can do it. That I need to do it so I can have a healthier body especially when my husband and I decided to have a baby. My goal is to be more flexible, healthy and active. It will make me happy and all the people around me.

I officially practiced yoga in year 2010 before and after my wedding. My first teacher was Anna Unson-Price  I tried my best to give time on this, right after my work at the heart of Makati. Juggling work and newly-married life was never easy for me. Yoga helped me along the way to balance everything, as to be a good employer, love my self and be a good dutiful wife. It relaxes me and makes me more focused and disciplined.

Again, I stopped with the class yet forget to continue due to busy life. I guess, it’s not enough excuse not to give even 30 minutes of your time to exercise. I am lazy! I have my own yoga mat and there are a lot of yoga videos out there yet, I don’t take the step to start it again nor getting serious with my exercise, it’s a big dilemma!

After months of yoyo diet and exercise, I am proud to say that I have been consistent for five months right now (consistency is the key!). It’s better to start right and determined than to be one lazy monkey in a day. I am happy with my development, I took swimming seriously and not think about my skin getting burnt, I run and practice basic yoga at home and hit I go beyond yoga.

I was introduced to this few months ago during a blog event for sexy solutions. I tried few fun pose and all I have to do is make time for it. Today, I took a full time class without a hurry and worrying about my business and work. I kept in mind that when I do this, it’s me and yoga only!

The staff of  Beyond Yoga in Quezon City are very accommodating and helpful to all my questions. They assisted me very well and I fell in love with the facility and their dainty comfort room. Yes, I love clean and beautiful comfort/dressing/powder room 🙂

My teacher was Monica for Fundamental AGY.

“As soon as she enters a room, one can’t help but notice her confidence and commanding presence. “You are as good as the chances you take,” says MONICA ELEAZAR-MANZANO, who, at 28 years old, is more than grateful for all that she has accomplished.

A yoga practitioner since 1999, it was in 2009 when Monica decided to complete teacher training with Greenpath, and in post-natal yoga with Dr. Jean Byrne. Aside from being a yoga instructor, Monica is the founder of FLOW SurfYogaSamba, which has pioneered events that combine surf, yoga, and samba. She is also a Retreat Master for Bahay Kalipay in Palawan. Did we mention that Monica also has a brown belt in Taekwando?

But Monica’s greatest accomplishments are the roles she plays as a wife to Montri, and as a mother to her young son, Santiago Andres, who have both inspired her to become an advocate for Natural Parenting and Waldorf Education.When not on her yoga mat or planning for her FLOW retreats, you might find Monica enjoying a good read, dancing, or at the beach with her son. Her zest for life is not only evident, but inspiring.”- Profile on I go beyond yoga
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The first time I met her, as a makeup artist an beauty junkie… I can’t help but study her face and all the colors I can put to make her more prettier than she is 🙂 She has a lovely skin tone and wonderful set of eyes! but again, I am in a Yoga class hee hee.

She assisted me very well as the clueless and scared that I am. I have a lot of fears especially doing exercise with elevation. I had my worst fear when I rode Singapore’s Universal Studio crazy roller coaster! Since then, I am scared in heights! even the smallest ride here in our country makes me feel oh my!

I took the risk and trusted her as well as hammock at that holy hour. My body and mind is prepared and open to take new challenges and I am ready. Monica was very patient, I have difficulties of stretching my body due to a lot of fears!

Fear of my bones get broken, my head will knock down on the floor etc! Monica, erased it all. She made me feel at ease in her class, she didn’t give me a hard time and took time to motivate me to get the pose that intended for the class.

Front: Teacher Monica, Back: L-R my classmate and I

Teacher Monica stretching my legs!

She made me feel comfortable and she gained my trust by her words. I don’t know what you call when they are talking during the class, but her voice and chosen words made me feel relaxed and it felt like we are the only people in the world. Free and relaxed! It is like reaching our limits and seems nothing is impossible.

I feel embarrassed as I asked her if the hammock can hold me and she said “A baby elephant can hold that, are you a baby elephant?” She has a confidence that can affect you. She will make you feel great and awesome! She made me trust my body more when it comes to challenging it for more activities. Monica is like Hillary Clinton of YOGA world LOL 🙂 simply astonishing.

I am simply grateful to have her as one of my teacher in I go beyond yoga because I can see my self as a regular there right after I finish my first 3 AGY Classes.

They also offer Dance which I am highly interested too! Now, I found a yoga that makes my body happy. I’ll be forever student of this craft, being a teacher on this is not on my plate haha!

Tips

If you are planning to take AGY class, make sure you are decided. In preparation, make sure you have an active lifestyle if not, take time to hit the gym or exercise at the comfort of your home for 30 minutes. Take this for 1-2 weeks before you go all the way for AGY but it’s up to you. It is much better that your body is prepared for something much bigger than your usual routine. This what I did before i took AGY class.

Talk to your teacher first if you have vertigo, concern in spinal or lower back problems etc. Anything that concerns your physical body! It is much better to be safe than sorry.

It is also important to follow instructions during the class, if you can’t get in the rhythm, don’t be shy. Approach your teacher and ask for help.

I also wore my favorite shirt from Sexy Solutions 🙂

Namaste.

For inquires:

Phone +63917-5BEYOND (239663)
Email inquire@igobeyondyoga.com
Website http://www.igobeyondyoga.com

Unboxing: Tory Burch in Distressed Leather Reva

I had my first pair of Tory Burch way back 2010 because it was one of the cult shoes of working ladies in Makati when I was still gracing the area. We are all like robots wearing same shoes with long champ bags and that was the simple image of corporate slaves. Shoes and Bags that will make you feel less guilty when broken and you can never go wrong with these just like wearing a Chanel bag and braving all your everyday work load.

As my first pair said goodbye after 2 years of service, I let it go. Usually Tory Burch flats can only last for 6 months with heavy use. The leather will start to crumple and sophisticated battle scars will show off little by little. But one thing I love Reva is that the sole is not too flattened compare to other flats I have tried. The sole was still compact and just  less faded embossed Tory Burch logo  but the appearance looks like a mess and not presentable anymore.

In my style, It’s very important for me to have classic clean shoes, nice bag and crisp looking clothes regardless of the brand.

Without further adieu here’s my  unboxing version of Tory Burch in Distressed Leather Reva.

Anyway, I hope you can use this as a reference when buying a pair of it to know the difference of fake and not. Nowadays there are a lot of Tory Burch sold online and at Greenhills shopping center, be careful in buying it 🙂 spending 4k or 5k just to make tipid and then knowing in the end it’s fake is useless. Still a lot of money burnt.

I bought this at Tory Burch Greenbelt, Makati. They have stuff on sale but too bad this one is not included. The Patent Eddie ballet flat is only 5k something++ such a steal huh? but I like the logo in metal, so that’s why I didn’t opt to buy the ones on sale. (Sale runs until July 31, 2012)

Tip: Tory Burch SA recommends buying half size bigger to avoid pain but I still chose to buy the one that fits me well. All I have to do is just break them in like I used to. After 2 weeks of usage (plus enduring the pain and preparing my medicine to fight blisters) everything will be alright. All you need is to break in!

Php 10, 625.00

I love classic Reva in Brown and Gold. It compliments my skin tone and it gives an illusion of longer legs. I always opt for shoes that makes my legs sexier and so as my feet. There are some shoes that can make your feet like a flat fish or bloated 🙂

(with photo filter in bloom)

That’s all 🙂 Enjoy your adventure when wearing Tory Burch.

Dry Shampoo: No Drought!

LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo ( Php 575.00 )

Scalp type: Oily and Sweaty

Hair Strands: Thin and Shiny

Hair Color: Black

I’ve been searching high and low for the best available dry shampoo in the Philippines and thank god, I found one in LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics!

I just attended a grand opening of two luxurious brand (Shu Uemura and Kiehl’s Trinoma) when I entered Lush cosmetics which is just beside the two great stores! I asked for big shampoo and unfortunately they don’t have an available sample and before buying at LUSH, I always ask for samples since it’s too pricey.

Then I asked for another great hair product that adds volume and dishes out the oiliness, in short… Dry Shampoo! The SA introduced me to No Drought and upon trying it, I fell in love with it. It was the last bottle during that time  🙂

“Whether you’re with friends at a festival or stuck comb alone- for a quick freshness boost, no wash; just go!”- No Drought

I must confess, to make my hair thicken and avoid being so flat…I use baby powder! I read all about it and claims to be safe. So far, I was content with it. No build up or attack of dandruff! So, that’s one my tricks when I am attending a party or an event that needs for luxurious hair appearance haha 🙂

Pros

  • light weight
  • fresh scent (very lush store ang amoy)
  • long lasting (6-8 hours depends on location)
  • Adds volume
  • Say goodbye to oiliness and sweaty scalp!

Cons

  • Expensive (I used to buy dry shampoo back in the days and it only sell Php 100.00 but not lush..kaso nawaley na sila)
  • Messy upon application because it doesn’t come in spray bottle
  • Builds up with excessive amount of application
  • Some says it smells like medicine, worst… smells like Fissan powder.
  • It doesn’t come handy so you have to leave it in house unless you want to carry the bottle.

How to apply (similar to spray bottle)

keynote: This is not a good substitute for liquid shampoo. Only good for styling and avoidance of oily & sweaty scalp. Maligo pa rin kayo!

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Most celebrities, local or foreign always use dry shampoo for a quick fix of voluminous hair and freshness. You can read this article about local celebrities who loves dry shampoo: KC Concepcion and G Toengi.

At bilang isang mortal na tao lamang ako, hinanap ko kung san nila binili ang mga hair weapons nila and unfortunately walang available dito sa Pinas 😦 I really searched for dry shampoo through online and malling. Som it’s a good thing I found this for a good start.

I really want to buy and try  Sexy Hair  and I will not stop searching for it. Ang hirap naman kasi ng manipis ang hair haha! Ayoko naman matuluyan makalbo kaka treatment for hair. Isang beses nga lang ako sa isang taon magpa- haircut and rarely do deep conditioning dahil takot ako mag mukhang may tipos haha 🙂

That’s all!

P.S.

If you know a dry shampoo that is available in our country (Philippines) Message me or e-mail me (sofiemorabe@yahoo.com)

Late Bloomer

IPAD 2

I never thought of my self having an IPAD 2 or any version of it because I find it useless since I am not a gamer or needs to have presentation for work using this. The one that I was craving for was Kindle since I love reading. It’s been months since I told my husband that I am saving for the latest Kindle…

Until last week, he surprised me with IPAD 2. It was inside our walk in closet and I never noticed it until he told me to look really hard for his shirt (good excuse). I was totally surprised when I saw the white box!

I am not the kind to expect anything from someone so, yes… it’s a nice thing to surprise me 🙂

He didn’t failed to make me feel oh-so-special that day because he even treat me in a fine dining and all of these are just because gifts. I have simple joys in life and I highly appreciate every little things.

So, am I addicted to it? I thought I am sticking with ibook until…

First Instagram photo 🙂 #beautylibrary
I tried the craze of what Mr. Facebook bought for 1 Billion! INSTAGRAM.
It’s official, it’s a new social network that I am addicted to. Expect more pictures sporting places, food, beauty products, events, out of the day (OOTD) and everything in between.
follow me at: sofielicious19
P.S.
I’m also addicted to Fruit Ninja by the way!

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide

Parisian Chic: A style guide by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet (Php 1,265.00)

When I first discovered French literature during my high school days, I fell in love with Parisian style! I always tend to design my room as well as my wardrobe like a Parisian chic. I love the air of elegance and confidence of a Parisian chic as shown in story books, movies, the sexy language and attitude. How I wish I can meet one personally or even visit Paris my self *le sigh...

I even say to my self “think French” when I feel so tired walking or feel tamad to walk!

Parisians love to walk.

Anyway, Here’s a little info from Parisian Chic book that was given to me by my bestfriend Mylene as a birthday present!

Contents

  • Dress like a Parisian
  • Belle of the Ball
  • Chez Moi
  • Ines’s Paris

That’s all but it’s a fat book and detailed! lovet 🙂

My favorite part is Belle of the Ball

The Parisian loves talking about beauty, but hates spending hours in front of her bathroom mirror. She is not a devotee of multiple masks and day creams, preferring a healthy application of natural good sense and of course, the following top ten tips!

The top ten tips are so cool and real 🙂 I’ll share five:

  • Wear makeup every day, even on weekends. Your family wants to see you at your best, too!
  • Don’t go bankrupt buying expensive face creams— the best beauty parlor is your local dentist. An attractive smile and great teeth are the best way to forgive and forget the rest.
  • The most important beauty routine of all? makeup removal! And deep cleansing, even without makeup. Makeup in bed is strictly forbidden.
  • Drink carrot juice. It tastes good, makes us happy, makes us beautiful—logical.
  • The Parisian is happy to retouch her makeup during the day with a dab of powder from her compact (always on hand). But she might just as easily forget. And when a tired face rings alarm bells during the evening, there is just one solution—it’s time to get some sleep!

and some french tip from Yahoo SHE:

Best Beauty Tip: How to Look All French

“Always wear lipstick,” says Terry de Gunzburg, French makeup artist and creator of By Terry. “French women do not wear a lot of lip gloss; they favor lipstick, often red, and never leave their apartments without it.”